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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Not Quite Alone

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A fisherman tries his luck late Wednesday on the jetty at South Beach at Compo Beach as a drone drops down for a close look. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Thursday, June 22, 2017


9 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - CSA Enhancement Committee
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
2 p.m. - Staples Fieldhouse - Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony
5:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Thursday Evening Mini Series: Edward & Mrs. Simpson
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Leonard Sherman on “If You’re in a Dogfight, Become a Cat!—Strategies for Long-term Growth”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Architectural Review Board

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Gallery: Baccalaureate Ceremony for Staples Class of 2017


Scenes from tonight’s baccalaureate ceremony for the Staples High School Class of 2017, Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Cameo Appearance

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Former Staples High School Principal John Dodig had a role in the Class of 2017’s “Car Pool Karaoke” shown at the end of the baccalaureate ceremony tonight.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Salutatorian: ‘Compete and Live Fully’

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Staples High School salutatorian Christopher Scherban told 2017 classmates tonight that on his move to Westport in the 10th grade he heard from other students of a Staples culture of competition. He said he soon adapted by being an “extremist competitor” but not in the usual way. He learned at Staples, competition does not fracture, “it is the very thing that draws us together,’ he said. “You learn to compete with yourself,” His advice to classmates: “Your time is running out. Stop wasting it fretting about brands and branding, cults and clothing, There is no room for half measures and nor will there ever be. Go out to your colleges and to your universities and live deliberately. Enjoy yourself. Most importantly, compete and live fully.” Christopher will attend Georgia Tech in the fall.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Full House for Baccalaureate Ceremony

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It was a full house tonight at the Staples High School auditorium for the Class of 2017 baccalaureate ceremony. Graduation takes place at 2 p.m. Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Dusk on Longest Day

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A view late today looking out toward Saugatuck Shores from Compo Beach on the longest day of the year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrew Colabella for WestportNow.com

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Late Day Play at Compo

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Many lingered at Compo Beach and on nearby waters late today on the longest day of the year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Beach Soccer

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Some Compo Beach visitors played soccer on the beach late today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Aquarion to Hold Public Hearing Wednesday, June 28

Aquarion Water Company will hold a Town Hall public meeting next week in Westport and clear up some of the mystery about its ongoing construction project across from Staples High School.

The session set for Wednesday, June 28, at 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall auditorium will cover planned water system improvements and water conservation, an announcement said today.

Aquarion officials said that in addition to discussing distribution system improvements on Long Lots Road, Myrtle Avenue and the Post Road, the company plans to detail improvements to its water storage location on North Avenue across from Staples.

“Nearing the end of its useful life, the existing tank no longer meets the water needs for the Town of Westport,” the announcement said.

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Town Hall Honors Saugatuck Rowers

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In a ceremony today on the steps of Town Hall, First Selectman Jim Marpe presented commendations to the rowers and coaches of the Saugatuck Rowing Club Girls Varsity 8+ who recently won the 2017 USRowing Youth National Championships in Sarasota, Florida.  Six of the nine-member crew were present. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Library Summer Book Sale Set for July 15

The Westport Library has announced its 25th Annual Summer Book Sale is set for Friday, July 15 through Tuesday, July 18.

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Steve Atkinson, a book collector from Springfield, Massachusetts, was an early shopper at the opening day of the Westport Library’s summer book sale last year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The sale falls on the same weekend that the Westport Downtown Merchants Association hosts its annual Fine Arts Festival.

Under tents on Jesup Green and in the Library’s McManus Room, the sale will feature more than 100,000 discounted books in more than 70 categories from art to zoology, with a particularly large selection of art and photography books, organizers said.

In addition to books there will be DVDs, CDs, vinyl and audio books. The sale also will offer a large selection of music, including songbooks from heavy metal to Broadway shows, plus pristine Metropolitan Opera librettos, most at low paperback prices.

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Comings & Goings: Nike Running to Close

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An employee today confirmed a longtime rumor that the Nike Running store, 69 Main St., will close by end of 2017. The employee said the Nike trend now is to limit retail locations to “outlets and large cities.” The store opened in November 2011 and suffered severe flooding during Super Storm Sandy in 2012. One local real estate source estimated there are now 10 vacancies or availabilities in the Main Street area, one of the highest such rates in recent years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Weston High School Senior Souvenir

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Members of the Weston High School Class of 2017 posed for a dawn photo today at Westport’s Compo Beach. Their graduation ceremony was on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ted Horowitz for WestportNow.com

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Compo Dawn on Longest Day

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Some Weston High School seniors were at Westport’s Compo Beach today for a group picture and also witnessed the start of the longest day of the year. Weston High had its graduation on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ted Horowitz for WestportNow.com

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Last Spring Sunset

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The last spring 2017 sunset as seen Tuesday from Westport’s Cedar Point Yacht Club on Saugatuck Island. With the summer solstice at 12:24 a.m. today (when the sun is at its highest point in the sky, directly above the Tropic of Cancer) and the official start of summer, this is the longest day of the year for every place north of the Tropic of Cancer. For the next few days, the amount of daylight will stay about the same; then it will slowly start shrinking each day until the winter solstice on Dec. 21.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penny Sousa for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - Summer Begins


All Day - Anywhere in Westport - Westport Library’s “A Day in the LIfe of Westport” Photo Challenge
12:24 a.m. - Northern Hemisphere - Summer Solstice
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
11 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Parkinson’s Support Group: LSVT Loud Voice Therapy
Noon - 1 p.m. - Westport Library - League of Women Voters of Westport & Library host state legislators for session review
4 p.m. - Westport Library - DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “More Birds, More Joy! Tips to Make Your Yard a Backyard Bird Haven”
7 p.m. - Westport Library - John Andrew Fredrick
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Parks & Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Library Board of Trustees
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School Auditorium - Baccalaureate ceremony

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Passing Through Westport and Witnessing a Sandbar Reunion

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Rachael Alexander, 18, of Pelham, New Hampshire and her mom were passing through Westport when they decided to detour to the Old Mill area to take in the sights. There, they spotted a deer in the distance on a sandbar (bottom picture). Folks told them the deer had been there about three hours, despite some attempts to lure it to shore. After about another hour, Rachael saw “a little brown blob sprinting onto the beach” that turned out to be a fawn. “The mother doe was waiting for her baby all along,” Rachael said. “Mother and child trotted left towards the wooded area just before the tide came in, to live as a happily reunited family.” And the Alexanders continued their journey. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Rachael Alexander for WestportNow.com

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Cops Arrest Two on Identity Theft, Larceny Charges

Officers arrested two Bridgeport men today on identity theft and larceny charges after they had appeared at a Weathervane Hill residence, trying to retrieve cellphones that had been fraudulently purchased, police said.

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Arrested: David Masala (l) and Emmanuel Modey. Westport Police photos

According to Lt. Eric Woods, the Westport Police Department received a complaint from residents at 4:05 p.m. of a suspicious person on their property, looking in the windows and manipulating the front door handle. 

An arriving officer located the suspect sitting in the front yard of the residence.

“While speaking with male on scene, a vehicle pulled up and it was determined he was there to pick up the suspicious person now speaking with the officer,” Woods said.

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52nd Annual jUNe Day Set for Saturday

Westport is set to host about 300 guests from the United Nations community in New York at the 52nd annual jUNe Day scheduled for Saturday.

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U.N. guests admire the flags on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center on an earlier jUNe Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Sponsored by the Town of Westport and the United Nations Association (UNA) of Southwestern Connecticut, also known as the International Visitors Committee, the celebration at the Saugatuck Elementary School, 171 Riverside Ave.,  begins at 10:30 a.m. and will include a day of activities.

Scheduled are a soccer match between the U.N. team and the Westport Knights, a tennis tournament and a day of golf at the Longshore Golf Course.

Organizers said there will also be tours of Earthplace, historic tours of town, plus free access to Compo Beach and the town pools at Longshore Park. Breakfast and lunch will be served at the Saugatuck School.

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The Joy of the Book Hunt

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Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of Boston’s Brattle Book Shop, one of America’s oldest and largest used bookshops, and guest appraiser on PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow,” delighted a packed Westport Library audience tonight with tales from the book trail. He showed replicas of some of his favorite finds and offered some snap appraisals of guests’ books. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Real Estate Report: Westport Market Does Not Mirror State

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

There have been a number of recent articles about the Connecticut real estate market, saying in general the state lags behind the rest of the country.

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Featured Home: This home at 21 Beachside Common is listed at $2,999,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Westport-Riverside

However, one should not necessarily interpret that to mean that Westport’s recovery has mirrored the overall state situation.

According to one recent article, single family homes in Connecticut gained just 0.5 percent in value, while 6 percent gains were posted on a national basis.

Westport’s market tells a different story. In fact, our unit sales are up this year by 14 percent, and our average closed prices are up by 3.5 percent over last year at this time.

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Westport Real Estate Price Changes

Westport real estate price changes over the past week:

69 Valley Road             $695,000->$679,000
2 Ruta Court                 $795,000->$760,000
6 Berkeley Hill               $800,000->$780,000
282 Saugatuck Ave.    $870,000->$850,000
4 Janson Court         $1,199,999->$1,099,000
12 Center St.        $1,275,000->$1,225,000
110 C Imperial Ave.    $1,299,000->$1,275,000
2 Mystic Lane       $1,339,000->$1,324,500
49 Reichert Circle     $1,525,000->$1,489,000
6 Weathervane Hill     $1,549,000->$1,499,000
14 Sea Spray Road     $1,625,000->$1,500,000
62 North Ave.      $1,675,000->$1,599,000
28 Roseville Road       $1,749,000->$1,699,000
20 Reichert Circle       $1,799,900->$1,699,900
22 Pumpkin Hill Road   $1,850,000->$1,800,000
38 Fairfield Ave.        $1,975,000->$1,875,000
27 Pequot Trail         $1,949,000->$1,899,000
27 Burnham Hill         $2,375,000->$2,000,000
8 Marilane               $2,299,000->$2,125,000
3 Pheasant Lane         $2,495,000->$2,249,000
42 Sylvan Road North   $2,395,000->$2,349,000
12 Jennings Court       $2,649,000->$2,499,000
31 Burnham Hill     $3,195,000->$2,995,000
33 Sherwood Drive     $3,150,000->$2,995,000
2 Pritchard Lane     $3,999,999->$3,750,000
3 Hillside Road           $4,199,000->$3,900,000
—Judy Szablak

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Competition Opens for Sprouting Digital Artists

Submissions are being sought for “Young Shoots,” a digital photography competition for children 8 through 18, organizers announced today.

Sponsored by the Westport Arts Center (WAC) and the Westport Farmers Market, the competition is designed “to demonstrate their creativity through the digital photography medium, and to showcase the local color and vibrancy of the Westport Farmers’ Market,” said Leslie LaSala, WAC spokeswoman.

The submission deadline in Aug. 14, and winners will be announced Aug. 25. All photographs must be or have been taken at the Westport Farmers Market.

Among the jurors are: Lillie Fortino, WAC’s director of education for the Westport Arts Center; Stephanie Webster, editor-in-Chief of CTbites.com; and Eileen Sawyer, local photographer and Farmers Market board member.

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180 Post Road East Sold for $18 Million

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The combined retail/office building at Westport’s 180 Post Road East has changed hands for $18 million, according to a filing recorded in the Town Clerk’s Office on Monday. The town reaped $45,000 in conveyance taxes for the sale while $225,000 went to the state. The building, which recently underwent extensive renovations, last changed hands in 2013 for $11 million (see WestportNow Aug. 30, 2013). The seller this time was 180 Westport Partners LLC and the buyer JPM Westport LLC. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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